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Ocala Horse Life and Horse Shows

Ocala Horse welcomes you to the equestrian paradise of Ocala, Florida. Here, many of the nations top horse breeders perfect their craft, producing thoroughbred race horses as well as virtually every other breed of horse. Ocala, Florida is also winter headquarters for the HITS show jumping winter series at Hits Post Time Farm.

Ocala Horse Farms

Horse farms create stunning vistas of endless green grass accented by black horse fencing and majestic oak trees. Here, future racing thorobreds and horse show champions are born. A visit to a one of the many horse farms open to the public is a must.

Florida Horse Park in Ocala

Florida Horse Park, an attraction in itself, is the center of horse shows for North Central Florida. Skilled jumpers or disciplined dressage riders compete for ribbons almost every weekend.

Canterbury Showplace

Canterbury Showplace is a beautiful Equestrian Center located in nearby Newberry Florida and is open to horse-related events, horse eventing, and classic horse shows. Show schedule click here.

Hits Post Time Farm in Ocala

Winter months bring professional riders to the famous Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) circuit has been performing at Hits Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida from mid January to mid March for over 30 years.

The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit offers grand prix show jumping classes in divisions for the beginner, novice and experienced rider. The circuit features 21 grand prix events worth over $1.5 million in prize money, which the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix to close out the circuit.

Hits Post Time Farm is located at 13710 US Highway 27 in Ocala, Florida. Spectators are welcome.

Ocala Hotels

Staying in the Ocala area? Visit Ocala Hotels for complete hotel, car rental and attraction reservations. Planing a trip to Orlando? Make reservations here.

Carriage Rides and Tours

Enjoy a leisurely horse carriage ride through horse country and enjoy the informative banter of your guide.

Apr 9, 2014
Equine Traveling Papers
By Rebecca Gimenez PhD
When you travel with your horse, you need to carry a number of documents, especially if you're crossing state lines.
Some documents show your horse is healthy. Some will help you if you're in an emergency situation. Others are proof of ownership and registration of your horse, your tow vehicle, and your trailer. Some states require an entry permit and brand-inspection certificate, as well. Do your research well ahead of traveling!
Here's a rundown of key documents you should have when you travel with your horse. Keep the originals of these papers with you, and the copies at home, in a safe place, where someone there can locate them.
More info...

Apr 4, 2014
Is a Horse Really "Abandoned"?
By Julie I. Fershtman
When a horse facility takes in a horse for care and keeping, but the horse's owner fails to pay boarding fees and is nowhere to be found, is the horse "abandoned"? Surprisingly, many stables simply draw their own conclusions and then take drastic action, such as give away horses, lease them out, use them in lessons, or sell them off. Is that legal? Probably not. More info...

Apr 3, 2014
How to Check Your Horse's Pulse
Watch this video. It may save your horse.
Being able to describe your horse's vital signs to your Vet can be a life-saver during an emergency. In this video, Dr. Tom Casselberry, of Fairfield Calif., demonstrates how to check your horse's pulse. More info...

Apr 3, 2014
Horse Trainer Missy Wryn on Having the Invisible Tether
Missy Wryn with horse friend Paco. | Photo courtesy of Missy Wryn
When was the last time you went on a “virtual ride” with a horse trainer?

Internationally recognized horse whisperer Missy Wryn provides comprehensive horse management, horse training, and effective communication workshops, clinics, and presentations across the country and at her Zen Barn in Estacada, Oregon. Now she shares some of what she knows by wearing a helmet cam and taking her horse Paco on a series of adventurous rides.

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